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Advocacy for Children By Debra Kissinger

Parishes mark miles                                                                                 Walk a Mile                                                      Walk-a-Thon

                                                                                                                                                                         Children’s Ministries

                                                                                                     in their
                                                                                                                                                                of the Diocese of Bethlehem

on way to Walk-a-Thon                                                                                                                                               will sponsor an April 21

                                                                                                                                                                 Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
                                                                                                                                                                 Walk-a-Thon to benefit four

   This year’s Child Advocacy Campaign,            Trinity Church in Pottsville started                                                                             Child Advocacy Centers
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, focuses on          their campaign by installing a shoe rack in                                                                    of northeastern Pennsylvania.
children’s health issues throughout the year    their church. They asked the congregation                                                                     The five-mile walk will begin
and an April 21 Walk-a-Thon to benefit          to being in empty shoe boxes and brown                                                                                at the Masonic Temple,
Child Advocacy Centers in northeastern          paper shopping bags to receive donations                                                                                   1534 Linden Street,
Pennsylvania and abused children.               throughout the course of the campaign. The                                                                          Allentown, at 10:15 a.m.

   At press time, more than twenty par-         children of the Sunday School decorated                                                                          Registration will take place
ishes were participating in the Walk a Mile     the bags.                                                                                                      from 9:00 to 10:15. Organize
in Their Shoes campaign. Some of our               They established a mile marker for each         for brochures, team registration forms,                     a team and make a difference
parishes are marking the miles on the way to    season. During the fall and early winter           sponsor forms and more information to                      in the lives of abused children
                                                                                                                                                                        throughout our region.
the Walk-a-thon and making connections          they collected nutritious food and new               make your parish campaign and our
with community agencies in a new way.           children’s clothing and shoes which were               diocesan Walk-a-Thon a success.              Register your team by April 1
   The Church of the Epiphany in                given to the Salvation Army.
Clarks Summit, has had three collections           Trinity then collected new and “gently        the activity packets would make their wait       Noise” collection gathering loose coins
to date. In the early winter they made up       used” books for children, pre-Kindergarten       more relaxing and enjoyable. During Lent they    in coffee cans. Funds collected purchase
healthy supply kits for low income fami-        to high school, for their third mile marker.     also collected items for Health Supply Kits.     additional supplies for the monthly donations.
lies with children. Kits included children’s       They are currently marking their fourth          Christ Church in Reading has a very              Christ Church plans to make a big
toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo,        mile by collecting back-packs and school         active campaign underway. They have an           showing at the Walk-a-Thon. They have
baby lotion, diapers, diaper wipes, and         supplies. These will be donated to the           on-going relationship with two community         set their goal at 20 walkers (children and
ointment.                                       American Red Cross and given to children         agencies, Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC)           adults) and $2,000 in pledges. They have
   In the mid winter they provided healthy      affected by disasters such as fire and flood.    and Lauer’s Park Elementary School, the          a path of paper sneakers running from the
snacks for children to an organization that        St. Anne’s Church in Trexlertown              poorest school in the Reading School District.   entryway around the periphery of the
serves children from low-income families.       completed two collections during the fall.          Christ Church has had monthly collections     church. Pledgers can sign a sneaker and
   In the early spring they gathered gently     First, they collected children’s underwear and   for mittens, gloves, scarves, sweaters, under-   all the pledged/sneakers and the walkers
used books for preschool through fourth-        warm sweat shirts and pants. This collection     wear, socks, school clothes, both winter         will be blessed on the Sunday before the
grade children of Lackawanna County. The        was given to the Boys and Girls Club of          and spring coats, pillows, games, food, and      Walk-a-Thon.
books were received by Shelf to Shelf, an       Allentown. Then they filled 61 plastic gallon-   school supplies.                                    It is not too late to join the Walk a Mile
organization of senior volunteers who act       sized bags with activities ranging from             They also put together two Thanksgiving       in Their Shoes campaign or get on-board
as “reading partners” in elementary schools.    coloring books and puzzles to stickers and       baskets for BWIC and over 100 goodies            for the Walk-a-Thon. All forms are avail-
The organization’s goal is to create a common   hand-held games. These “Trick or Treat for       bags for both agencies for Halloween,            able at For information
book experience for all children in the         Children at Risk” bags were distributed to       Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day,        contact diocesan child advocate, The Rev.
community, regardless of their socio-economic   three health clinics in the Lehigh Valley.       St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter.                   Debra Kissinger,
or ethnic background and to get books into      Children at these facilities often have a           Children in the Catechesis of the Good        or 610-691-5655 ext. 237.
the hands, homes, and hearts of all children.   long wait to be treated. The hope was that       Shepherd program take a monthly “Joyful          The Rev. Debra Kissinger is missioner to children
                                                                                                                                                  and child advocate for the Diocese of Bethlehem.

                                                                                                 Planned Giving Charlie Barebo
The Bishop is Coming!
  This Practical Guide for Bishops and Congregations
by Bishop Paul is the first new ceremonial guide for
                                                                                                 Why I chose the St. Matthew Society
bishops in more than 25 years and the first book of its                                             One has a multitude of choices when it        Sunday school, sing in the choir and enjoy
kind aimed at helping congregations prepare for a                                                comes to supporting charities and non-profits.   the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and
bishop’s visit.                                                                                  The professional fund raisers from our alma      marriage in our church.
  “This short book has a dual purpose and is aimed at                                            maters, the United Way and other groups             Secondly, God calls us to share with the
two audiences,” according to Church Publishing.                                                  descend upon us like voracious raptors. The      less fortunate. I am growing in my
“Through practical instruction and guidance, it equips                                           average American receives over twenty            stewardship and by leaving a major gift in
bishops to minister effectively as the chief pastor in                                           pounds of mail a year soliciting donations,      my will I can insure that at my death I will
the diocese, while helping clergy and congregations                                              and over two hours worth of phone                reach the tithe. We can trust the church to
reduce the eternal anxiety around the words, The bishop                                          solicitations. Our church invites us in a much   use these monies to help alleviate the pain
is coming.
                                                                                                 more subtle way: the Holy Spirit.                and suffering of the less fortunate,
  “Realizing that ceremonial custom varies among
                                                                                                    I chose to make a major gift to my parish     particularly if we leave a directed gift.
dioceses and congregations, the author lays out some
normative principles that should be followed in all liturgies                                    and the diocese through the St. Matthew             Thirdly, leaving this gift made me feel
at which the bishop presides or is present. His clear,                                           Society. There were several reasons that I       good. I have felt the peace of God in a way
engaging, and often humorous style will put the reader                                           might share with you. My primary reason          I had not prior to making these plans. God,
at ease when dealing with ceremonial material.”                                                  was because the St. Matthew Society              in his wisdom, wired us so that extending
  Contents: Preface; 1. Bearings: Each Congregation’s                                            directly supports God and God’s kingdom          generosity would make us feel good.
"Usual Thing;" 2. Brief Survival Guides for the Bishop;                                          on earth.                                           Finally, I know that I have set a good
3. The Parish Visitation, with a note on Eucharists at which the bishop does not preside;           Our parishes are challenged for their very    example for my friends and family. Scarcity
4. The Cathedral Ordination of Presbyters with the Reception of the Orders of one Previ-         survival. Few are growing in average             and selfishness are not good emotions to live
ously Ordained. A brief note on the Ordination of Deacons; 5. Vows and Oils: Redefining          Sunday attendance and income. Many               with or pass on to one’s friends and families.
the "Chrism Mass," with a note on Restoration to the Ministry; 6. Solemn Evensong;               survive on income from gifts – or even the       Why did I choose the St. Matthew Society?
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Customaries and Documents Select Bibliography. (6x9 Paperback, 128 pp, $12.00)                   making a major gift to my church and the         Charlie Barebo, CEO of Otterbine Barebo Inc.,
  Visit and search for “Marshall.” Bishop Paul is the                   diocese, I can help insure that my               is chair of our capital campaign to provide New
author of several CPI titles, including Prayer Book Parallels; One Catholic and                  grandchildren, great-grandchildren and           Hope to Kajo Keji and the needy of Pennsylvania.
Apostolic: Samuel Seabury and the Early Episcopal Church; and Same-Sex Unions:                   future generations will be able to enjoy
Stories and Rites.

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ECW Annual Meeting                                 in Scranton who welcomed me to their 5:00        St. Anne’s, Trexlertown, celebrates 30 years in current building
The diocesan Episcopal Churchwomen in-             p.m. service on Saturday evening. They
vite all to their annual spring meeting at         know how to make a newcomer feel at home.                                                                                             Photo by
Kirby House, Mountaintop, May 9. Bishop            Father Peter, who is new to the parish,                                                                                        Barbara Loeffler
Paul will present the program, Women of the        greeted me near the door when I arrived,
Bible. A fee of $12 includes registration,         and two members of the congregation en-
refreshments, lunch and program. Registra-         gaged me in conversation after the service.
tion deadline: April 22. No registrations          Were I not an out-of-town visitor, I don’t
accepted after that date. Submit names of          doubt that I’d be receiving a follow-up
each person attending. Checks payable to           phone call this week. I look forward to go-
Diocesan ECW. Mail to Catherine Jeffery,           ing back there again, the next time I visit my
1839 Ulster Road, Allentown, PA. Phone:            folks. [Posted by Jim Naughton on March 4]
610-868-6682.                                      PA State Pastors’ Conference
Regional Evangelism Workshops                      November 12-14, at the Hilton Harrisburg
[From Father Andy Gerns, chair, diocesan           (One North Second Street). Being Christian
Evangelism Commission] The dates for the           in a Hi-Tech Culture is the tentative title.
2007 Regional Evangelism Workshops are             Canon Lexa Shallcross,,
April 21 and 28, May 5 and 12, all                 is on the planning committee. More infor-
Saturdays, 9:30 to 2:00. Places TBA, in            mation is available at the website of the
north, central and southern parts of the           Pennsylvania Council of Church,
diocese. All workshops will include lunch Click on “Events” in
and noonday prayers. Registration will take        the left column.
place during Epiphany and Lent.                    A Brush with God
  All congregations that took part in the first
round are asked to send their teams of at          Icon Painting Retreat
least two people to the second round of            Prayer comes in many forms; sometimes it
training to share the two projects they            involves words but sometimes not. For cen-       Canon Michael Piovane, rector of St. Anne’s, Trexlertown, and the Rev. Judith Snyder
worked on since the first workshop. If a           turies Christians from the East have prayed      priest Associate, flank Char and Father Ronald Molrine.
congregation did not take part in the first        with brushes and colors as they created the      St. Anne’s Church, Trexlertown, on January       retirement in 1996.
round, it is not too late. The first round is      icons that adorn their churches and the prayer   21, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the         After ten years of holding services at the
not a prerequisite for the next round. Our         corners of their homes. Until recently it was    first service in its present church building.    Grange Hall, the people of St. Anne’s saw
goal is to have every congregation in the          very difficult to find a teacher to guide the    Father Ronald C. Molrine, rector emeritus,       their dream come true of a permanent place
diocese take part in a regional evangelism         beginner in the way of the icon painter but      and his wife, Char, joined the congregation      to worship, minister, grow, and reach out to
workshop and do practical projects in              this is no longer the case. Father Peter         in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the       serve the needs of others. On Sunday, Janu-
evangelism all over northeast Pennsylvania.        Pearson, master iconographer, teacher, and       move from worshipping at the Trexlertown         ary 16, 1977 the first worship service was
We are also interested in having                   author (a canonically resident priest of our     Grange Hall to the current site on Lower         celebrated in the newly constructed church.
congregations learn from each other’s              diocese and rector in New Hope) will lead        Macungie Road.                                     The anniversary celebration included two
experience no matter how simple or complex         an icon workshop for beginners at the Fatima       Father Molrine was the vicar who diligently    worship services at which Father. Molrine
their particular program might be.                 Center in Dalton from May 20-25. Each par-       and faithfully worked with many dedicated        was the preacher and two forum periods dur-
  The 2007 Regional Evangelism Workshops           ticipant will create an icon as they follow      parishioners to make the transition from the     ing which early members of the parish shared
are built around hospitality, based on the book    the step by step process of prayer and paint-    Grange Hall to the current edifice a reality.    their recollections of the “grange days” and
Fireweed Evangelism by the Rev. Canon              ing. The experience is open to experienced       He remained as rector of the parish until his    the construction of the current building.
Elizabeth Geitz.                                   artists as well as those who have no expe-
                                                   rience. All that is required is the willing-     colors and styles and my mother is living in     building through telephone calls, greeting
Hearts strangely warmed at St.                     ness to try. The cost of the retreat is $500     them. A number of the other folks at her can-    cards and service projects.
Stephen’s, Wilkes-Barre                            which covers room, board, supplies and in-       cer center have asked for them, and people         Global mission projects include a part-
The day after the Episcopal Church com-            struction. For further information, call Fa-     on the street have been stopping her, asking     nership with the people of the Diocese of
memorated the lives of John and Charles            ther Pearson, (412) 848-2642.                    where she got the cap (without knowing it        Kajo Keji in southern Sudan and Warm
Wesley, St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral cel-           Diocesan Committees                              is a “cancer cap”) . The centers that she        Greetings that engages parishioners and
ebrated the new Interim Shared Eucharist           The following people have agreed to serve        attends say they are desperate for com-          neighbors in creating wool afghans to wrap
Agreement with the Methodist Church. The           on diocesan committees where vacancies           fortable and stylish chemo caps.                 around children who are victims of war in
Rev. Debra A. Hepburn, Lehigh County Con-          had existed. On the Incorporated Trust-          If anyone would like to make caps for can-       the Middle-East.
ference of Churches Ecumenical Director            ees: The Rev. Craig Sweeney, rector of the       cer patients, I have a variety of patterns and     The new global outreach to the poor of
and a Methodist Minister, challenged the           Church of the Epiphany, Clarks Summit.           recommendations for yarn. The keys are that      Haiti will begin as a ministry of financial
Wilkes-Barre congregation to “live beyond          Mrs. Beverly Doneker, senior warden at St.       the yarns be very soft for newly hair-free       support to assist the children of Haiti with
hope and answer the call of the resurrection       Stephen’s, Whitehall. Mrs. Elizabeth House,      sensitive scalps, and washable. No scratchy      food and education opportunities.
and be ‘Easter People.’” Living beyond hope        senior warden at Grace Church, Allentown.        metallic threads or wools, please. If you          Ms. Carrine Simms, a Christian missioner
means “to move along from pondering to             On Diocesan Council: Mr. Kenneth Rider,          would like to join in this effort to send        to Haiti, visited Trinity Church to help
action. It is not to wish that the hungry are      St. Stephen’s Church, Whitehall. On the          prayers for healing and comfort in a tangible    launch the new ministry by offering her
fed, it is to give them bread.” Hepburn’s          Standing Committee: The resignations             fashion, please email me,     personal testimony of years of service with
preaching was punctuated with laughter and         from the Standing Committee of The Rev.          If you do knit or crochet caps, I will be glad   the people of Haiti. Trinity's rector, the
Amens from the congregation, which she             Canon Walter Krieger and The Rev. Canon          to send on any caps to cancer centers who        Rev. John Major, appointed her as parish
admitted, “threw her off a little.” She con-       Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril were received             need them. PS: My mother is doing well.          missioner to Haiti.
cluded her stirring sermon by encouraging          and accepted with regret. The Rev. Peter                                                          Meet Episcopal Authors at the
the people to “live in the Third Day wherein
                                                                                                    West Pittston Parish
                                                   Harer, rector of Prince of Peace Church,                                                          Cathedral, April 29, 1-3 pm
lies the power of God forever.”                    Dallas, and The Rev. Andy Gerns, rector of
                                                                                                    launches new world mission
                                                                                                    Trinity Episcopal Church, West Pittston,         Deirdre Good will be signing copies of her
  During the Communion Pastor Hepburn              Trinity Church, Easton, will fill the unex-
                                                                                                    launched a new ministry on Sunday, Febru-        new book, Jesus’ Family Values. Also (all
concelebrated with Father. Vincent Liddle          pired terms.
                                                                                                    ary 18. Project Friendship: Helping Hand         the following are from the Cathedral): Anne E.
and Father Daniel Gunn. Following the ser-
                                                   Knitting or Crocheting                           To Haiti became one more of several es-          Kitch, Taking the Plunge, a practical theology
vice she greeted the congregation and
                                                   for Cancer Patients                              tablished local and global mission outreach      of baptism and parenting. Peter Pearson, A
fielded questions about her own faith as an
                                                   [From Laura Howell] Last fall, when my           projects of the West Pittston Borough church     Brush With God, an inside look at the writing
African-American Methodist minister.
                                                   mother began treatment for lymphoma, fash-       at the corner of Spring and Montgomery.          of icons. Jenifer Gamber, My Faith, My Life,
  Pastor Hepburn is available to other
                                                   ion became a burning issue in our family.          Through an array of helping projects           a guide to teen confirmation. Gene Witiak,
churches as well and can be reached at the
                                                   The chemo she is taking has made her lose        known as Trinity Good Neighbor Outreach          True Confessions of a Veterinarian: An
Lehigh County Conference of Churches.
                                                   her hair. When we looked for caps for her,       Ministries, the parish has been engaged in       Unconditional Love Story, a lifetime of
[Thanks to St. Stephen’s rector, The Rev.
                                                   we found that many of them were ugly,            outreach projects both locally and globally      wonderful stories from this Vet’s view.
Daniel C. Gunn, for this story.]
                                                   scratchy or very expensive. It’s bad enough      for some five years                              Grantseeking
Kudos for hospitality                              to be losing your hair, without looking like a     Among the local ministry projects are          Several websites may be helpful to those
at St. Luke’s, Scranton                            frump! So I began knitting.      Trinity's Good Neighbor Food Bank that           doing research for grants: The Foundation
[From Daily Episcopalian, the blog of Jim          provides many patterns for knitted and           assists individuals and families with free       Center and, at that site, the cooperating col-
Naughton, former New York Times and                crocheted chemo caps for men, women              groceries and Neighborcare that engages          lections in Pennsylvania that provide access
Washington Post reporter who serves now            and children. I have been making The ‘No-        members of the parish and neighborhood in        to excellent Foundation Center search tools
as director of communications for the Dio-         Hair-Day’ Hairy Chemo Cap in a variety of        nurturing neighborly kindness and community      without your having to pay the big bucks to
cese of Washington.] My thanks to the Rev.                                                                                                           do personal research online.
Peter D’Angio and the people at St. Luke’s        *Our diocesan blog:                                       Live God’s love: tell what you have seen and heard                                                   

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